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Drake and the Greatest Showman still top the charts
Drake gets a third week at number one with God's Plan. The Greatest Showman soundtrack easily beats Justin Timberlake's new album to get a fifth week at the top.

Drake gets a third week at number one in the singles chart. The Greatest Showman soundtrack tops the albums chart for a fifth week.

Drake continues to drone on about God’s Plan for a third week at the top of the singles chart. As happened for most of One Dance’s interminable run at number one in 2016, it is nowhere near being the best-selling song of the week. The good news is that its combined sales (real sales - all seven of them - plus streams) are declining. The bad news is that it can’t go onto the Accelerated Chart Ratio (meaning that its streams halve in value) until it has polluted the chart for ten weeks.

One of the contenders to replace Drake at number one when that glorious day arrives is Rudimental, Macklemore and Jess Glynne’s These Days. That song climbs nine places to number two this week.

The prospects for Ramz’s Barking are looking less promising; after three weeks in the runner-up slot it falls to number three. Dua Lipa’s IDGAF spends a third week at number four while Eminem and Ed Sheeran fall two places to number five with River. Keala Settle’s This Is Me form the Greatest Showman climbs two places to number six. She will be performing the song on Graham Norton’s show tonight (Friday) so a climb into the top five next week seems likely.

As well as Rudimental and co., Portugal. The Man also enter the top ten. Six months after the fabulous Feel It Still first entered the top 100 - but with a total of only seven weeks in the top forty - it climbs four places to number nine.

After achieving significant success in 2015 and 2016 Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, had a rather quiet 2017 with a featured artist credit on Lana del Rey’s Lust For Life his only new top forty hit. He enters at number fifteen this week with Pray For Me, a song that features Kendrick Lamar and is from the soundtrack for the film Black Panther. Lamar also featured on Sidewalks, one of a string of The Weeknd’s album tracks that entered the lower reaches of the top forty at the end of 2016.

B Young has a new entry at number 27 with Jumanji. That is about as much information on B Young as can be found. The fact that it has nothing to do with the film franchise which shares its name with the title makes searching for useful information even more difficult. Ah well, maybe next time.

Kojo Funds and RAYE each have a top ten hit to their name as a featured artist - Kojo Funds on Mabel’s Finders Keepers and RAYE on Jax Jones’ You Don’t Know Me. Now they have teamed up on Check with Kojo Funds getting the lead artist credit, a decision that perhaps makes more sense if you consider American spelling. Not that calling the song Cheque would have made much sense. Regardless, it is a new entry at number 33, thereby providing both artists with more funds, kojo or otherwise.

The final new entry follows the current trend for having a cast of thousands. Let Me Go, a new entry at number 39, contributes to the chart careers of Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and watt. Alesso had a run of five top ten hits between 2013 and 2015 including a number one (alongside Calvin Harris) with Heroes (We Could Be). This is his first top forty hit since that run came to an end. Hailee Steinfeld’s biggest it ti date is Starving which reached the top five in 2016. Florida Georgia Line (who sound like a railway but are, in fact, a country music duo) and watt (who sounds like an SI unit) both reach the top forty for the first time.

Justin Timberlake’s Filthy re-enters at number 34 following the release of his new album. He also climbs eight places to number 24 with Say Something.

There is still no stopping the Greatest Showman soundtrack at the top of the albums. It gets to spend a fifth week at the summit. The last album to spend five or more weeks at the summit that wasn’t by Adele or Ed Sheeran is Take That’s Progress which spent six weeks at the top at the end of 2010. The last non-British act to do so was Michael Jackson immediately after his death in 2009.

The latest example of an artist who has fallen out of favour with the critics is Justin Timberlake whose new album, Man Of The Woods, has received some terrible reviews. While there are still plenty of people to defend him, sales of the album have been disappointing by his standards. As a result it enters at number two (with only half the weekly sales of The Greatest Showman), matching the peak of 2013’s The 20/20 Experience 2 which ended his run of three successive number one albums. The album title is the meaning of his son Silas’s name.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ stays at number three. In its 49 weeks in the chart it has not fallen below number six. With × still hanging around Sheeran’s three albums have spent a total of 400 weeks in the top forty, 202 of them in the top ten.

Ask people of a certain age to name a British stadium rock band and there is a fair chance that they would name Simple Minds - even if they first had to be reminded that Ireland’s U2 don’t count. As with many stadium rock bands their career got off to a fairly slow start before they adopted the more anthemic style that allowed them so sell out arenas. Their heyday lasted from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s when they had five number one albums with another brace peaking at number two. This week they enter at number four with their eighteenth studio album Walk Between Worlds. It is their first top ten album since Graffiti Soul reached number ten in 2009.

Wikipedia’s list of successful musical acts from Bedford is the same length as a list of football trophies won by the combined efforts of the senior mens teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Bedford’s slightly less famous equivalent of 1966 are the band Don Broco. They enter at number five with their third album Technology.

It has been all too common in the last decade or two for the news agenda in the UK to be dominated by floods somewhere in the country. On Boxing Day 2015 the river Aire burst its banks flooding parts of Leeds. Among the victims were the band whose studio and recording space were flooded. The loss of the studio and much recorded material has delayed the release of their third studio album Microshift. Their last release, The Hum (2014), just about sneaked into the top 75 at number 72. Microshift does a lot better by entering at number eighteen.

Twenty-five-year-old singer-songwriter Rae Morris reached the top ten with her debut album Unguarded in 2015 despite the lack of a major hit single. Singles chart success remains elusive for her, but she does at least have a second hit album to her name as Someone Out There enters at number twenty.

The principal members of Sunderland-based Field Music are brothers David and Peter Brewis but they have occasionally borrowed members from Maximo Park and fellow Mackems Futureheads. Their fourth album, Plumb, was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize but even that wasn’t enough to give them a top forty debut. That breakthrough didn’t happen until the release of album number six, Commontime, in 2016 which reached the dizzy heights of number 36. The follow-up, Open Here, is a new entry at number thirty.

This week’s contribution from a veteran rock band is Saxon’s Thunderbolt. They had their first top forty album with their second release Wheels Of Steel in 1980. Thunderbolt is their 22nd studio album but only the sixth to reach the top forty. It is new at number 29. It is their first top forty album since Rock The Nations reached number 34 in 1986.

For reasons which may be apparent to somebody Nirvana’s classic Nevermind album re-enters at number 39.
Published on: 2018-02-09 by Suedehead2 || 66568 Views
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10 Feb 2018 - 15:58
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Correction: Alesso's #1 with Calvin Harris was 'Under Control', not 'Heroes' which was a #6 hit for Alesso & Tove Lo.
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You haven't mentioned the name of the flooded band (Hookworms)!
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